I love the idea of incorporating musical instruments as wall art. Although I very seriously considered selling my kids' instruments (I love making a couple bucks selling things second-hand), I thought it might be cool to put up a more artistic musical photo of each of my girls (I printed these on canvas) and then pair the photo up with that child's first (smallest) instrument--Bianca with her first viola (Viol) and Portia with her first cello (Peggy). I pulled down the end pin to rest on the radiator grate so that it's obvious that the instrument is, in fact, a cello. It's so small (one-eighth size) that once when Portia was having a preschool play-date with a girl whose sister played viola, I heard them arguing about whether Portia's little cello was a viola or a cello. It still makes me laugh to remember how adamant Portia was insisting that it was a cello.
It's like family history on the wall without being too family-portrait-y. Of course there's Penny (Bianca's quarter-size double bass) in the corner, which I know I could get a couple hundred dollars for secondhand, but I kind of like it as decor.
Anyway, I finally completed my project and am happy with how it turned out.
Now if I could figure out how to decorate that huge shelf that goes all along the ceiling on all four walls! Ideas anyone?